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November 2015

REGISTRATION IS OPEN! HEAD OVER TO MSOHIOBIKE.ORG AND REGISTER TODAY!


BIKE MS 2016: GETTING STARTED

1. Pick an event

Bike MS: Bike to the Bay – June 25-26, 2016 Starts at Owens Community College, cyclists pedal across the mostly flat terrain of Northwest Ohio riding 35, 50, 75, or 100 miles towards Port Clinton High School. Bike MS: Central Ohio Challenge – July 9, 2016 This one day ride lives up to its name. With 35, 50, and 95 mile options, riders take off Saturday morning and travel along sections of the scenic Big Darby Plains Ohio Byway. Bike MS: Buckeye Breakaway- August 6-7, 2016 More than 2,000 cyclists navigate the streets and rolling hills of northern Ohio. The ride begins in Brunswick with 30, 75 or 100 mile options. Cyclists continuing on the two day ride will stay overnight at Ashland University.

2. Register!

3. Make a self donation!

Visit www.MSOhioBike.org or call 1-800-344-4867 to register for the Bike MS 2016 season!

Kick-start your fundraising efforts by making a self-donation. Those who self-donate tend to raise twice as much as those who do not. So set yourself up for success!

4. Set up your Participant Center

5. Recruit! Recruit! Recruit!

From the Participant Center, you can edit your Personal Page, email donors, and manage your campaign. It is also a great tool for team captains so you can follow you and your team’s progress. Be sure to personalize the information and share why you ride! People who update their personal pages and use online tools for fundraising raise double the money!

Team members can be anybody — friends, family, coworkers, or neighbors — and they can all easily register online at MSOhioBike.org. Whether you’re a corporate team or a team of family and friends, be sure to ask everyone you know. Joining the movement is more fun with others around!

Each issue of Spoke Notes will have tips to make sure you have a successful Bike MS season! Don’t miss an issue! Questions about any of the walks? Email ohabikems@nmss.org or call 1-800-344-4867.


CELEBRATE YOUR TEAM & TEAM CAPTAIN!

The entire month of November we will show thanks to the incredible 2015 Bike MS team captains. Throughout the month check our social media sites for appreciation posts! If you have a story about your team or team captain, share it with us! Email your story and photos to ohabikems@nmss.org. Sending your stories will put you in a drawing to win prizes! We will share your stories with our social media community to let everyone know how amazing your team is! Stay tuned for more contests and chances to win during our Bike MS team week, November 16-20. Stay connected on social media!

National Family Caregivers Month November is National Family Caregivers Month! Let’s take the time to celebrate the hard work and dedication of our caregivers! Being a caregiver is not an easy job; it can take a physical and emotional toll. Caregivers need to be sure to take care of themselves just as much as they take care of their loved ones with a chronic illness. TIPS FOR CAREGIVERS:

• Keep up with your own medical care. Stay up-to-date with your own regularly scheduled doctor’s appointments. • Get enough rest! It is important to be alert at all times and that is harder to do when you are sleepy. • Be active! Be mindful of your physical health. Regular exercise is one of the best stress relievers! • Be social. We all need a little “me” time. Schedule some time with friends for dinner or a night out. • Ask for help. It can be hard to ask but it is a good idea to share the load. Familiarize yourself with local support services. We have an infinite amount of “thank yous” for caregivers! Get more information and caregiving resources from the National Alliance for Caregiving at http://www.caregiving.org/


MORE WAYS TO GET INVOLVED!

A lot of what we do wouldn’t be possible without you. People living with MS and their family and friends depend on your kindness and hard work. When we all work together, we can make sure that everyone can live their best lives. We understand that not everyone can attend and/or ride at one of the Bike MS events. There are other ways you can be involved!

Volunteer!

Volunteers help make our events and programs successful year after year! It is volunteers and their dedication to the National MS Society that makes events like Bike MS possible. If you or your group is interested in volunteering at one of our 3 Bike MS events, please contact Maureen Mohney at 419-482-1585 or email Maureen.Mohney@nmss.org. So what will you do as a volunteer? The possibilities are endless! You can help with: • Participant Check-in • T-Shirt table • Mission table • Food • Set up / Tear Down • Finish Line cheering

Become a sponsor!

If you or your business is interested in sponsoring one of our events, we have a variety of sponsorship levels you can participate in. Each one having great benefits! Partnering with the National MS Society, Ohio Buckeye Chapter is not only a good community investment; it’s a good business investment. By becoming a sponsor of Bike MS 2016, you: • align yourself with a well-respected 501(c)(3) organization with a broad base of devoted constituents • create awareness about your corporate identity while portraying a positive image to your current stakeholders • provide a great opportunity for employee involvement For more information on becoming a sponsor, please contact Michelle Wohlfeiler Bailin at 216-503-4184 or email Michelle. Wohlfeiler@nmss.org.


Every year, thousands of amazing cyclists participate in Bike MS events hosted by the Ohio Buckeye Chapter. We are constantly amazed by our riders’ dedication to finding a cure for MS and raising the necessary funds for programs and research. We wanted to share the story of one of our Top Five Bike MS individual fundraisers for 2015! Koreen Burrow raised $16,500 this year! Here is her story about her involvement with Bike MS across the country.

David and I started riding in Bike MS events in 2007. We have rode in 43 states, and participated in 53 Bike MS rides. We hope to complete all 50 states in 2017. Our team, David & Koreen Bike the US 4 MS, has raised approximately $16,000 to $20,000 each year, for a total of over $165,000 over the past 8 years!

I was diagnosed with MS in 1991. Over the past 25 years, there have been ups and downs, and the appreciation of what MS can do to the body and mind has grown. I have been lucky enough to keep the disease in the initial Relapsing / Remitting form. We ride for a lot of reasons, we have a lot of motivation to keep us going. We ride to develop connections and share information. We ride to raise money and awareness toward a cure. We ride because we are able to and for those who struggle with this horrible disease every day. These are all things that continue to motivate us. We hope to continue riding and raising money, past our 50 states, until a cure has been identified. David also gets a tattoo on his leg for every state completed. Yes, there will be room for all 50 states! Follow us by liking our Facebook page at David & Koreen Bike the US 4 MS

Want to share why you ride? What motivates you to pedal mile after mile? What works best for you and your team to hit your fundraising goals? Email ohabikems@nmss.org for your chance to be featured in an upcoming issue of Spoke Notes!


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